First Line Friday — Plagiarism

“Only the elders remembered a blue sky,” Elliot said, writing that down in his notebook.

“Why did you write that down?” Linda, his wife asked.

“I told you that after submitting my short story to that online magazine, they sent me a letter telling me that my story was solid and they were looking forward to a number of other submissions from me,” Elliot explained.

“Wait,” Linda said. “Doesn’t it strike you as odd that an online magazine would respond to a story you submitted electronically by sending you a letter rather than via email? Are you sure this is legit?”

“Well, the letter also included a check for $100 and a publishing agreement for me to sign,” Elliot explained. “If I can get more of my stories published at 100 bucks each, it could be bountiful for us and I could quit my day job and write full-time.

“Um, did you review the publishing agreement with a lawyer before you sent it back,” Linda asked.

“Are you kidding?” Elliot said. “I don’t want to involve a whole cadre of lawyers. Beside, that sentence about the elders and the blue skies would make a perfect start to a fantastic science fiction story, don’t you think?”

“I suppose,” Linda said. “How’d you come up with that?”

“Oh,” Elliot said, “I found it on the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie blog in the First Line Friday prompt. Good, isn’t it?”

“I think you’re going to need that cadre of layers when you get sued for plagiarism by whoever posted that line,” Linda said.


In addition to being written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday prompts, where the first line is “Only the elders remembered a blue sky,” this post has the following daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (notebook), My Vivid Blog (letter), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (solid), The Daily Spur (number), Word of the Day Challenge (bountiful), and Your Daily Word Prompt (cadre).

MLMM First Line Friday — Zoom

“Whatever you do, you can’t do that,” Sal said.

“Can’t do what?” I asked.

Don’t be sneaky, pal,” Sal said. “You know full well what I’m talking about.”

“Honestly, I don’t,” I said. “Can you give me an assist here? Cut me some slack, maybe?”

“I’ve already given you too much leeway,” Sal said. “And it gives me little comfort, but I have to put my foot down this time.”

“Listen, Sal,” I said. “Maybe I’ve developed a bunch of cobwebs in my head, but I have no idea what your objection is to my being on this afternoon’s conference call.”

Sal sighed. “The last conference call you were on you apparently forgot that it was a Zoom call. You stood up, had no pants on, and had a boner.”

“Oh right,” I said. “I guess I blocked that memory.”


Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday, where the first line is, “Whatever you do, you can’t do that.” Also for these daily prompts: My Vivid Blog (sneaky), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (assist), Your Daily Word Prompt (leeway), The Daily Spur (comfort), Word of the Day Challenge (cobweb), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (conference).

First Line Friday — War Games

“I summon you, the beasts of war!” Craig called out.

“I fear that your motives are anything but altruistic,” Kevin said.

“I’m not going to dither around here, Kevin,” Craig said. “I don’t do anything halfway, my friend.”

“Relax, buddy, it’s only a video game. The end of the world is not at stake.”

“You’re too easy going, Kevin,” Craig said. “This is a serious competition and it’s kill or be killed. Take no prisoners, Winner takes all.”

“Boys,” the brothers’ mother called from the kitchen, “shut off that stupid, violent game. Dinner is ready.”

“It’s not violent, Ma,” Craig called back, “it’s Mario Kart.”

“Well, it’s Mac and cheese night, so get your butts over here.”

“Cool,” the brothers said in unison and ran to the kitchen.


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday prompt. Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (fear), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (altruistic), Your Daily Word Prompt (dither), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (halfway).

First Line Friday — The Monster in the Mirror

I am the monster of every story. Or at least that’s how my so-called friends have been characterizing me lately. They tell me that my behavior is far too boisterous for their taste, even calling it at time egregious. Their overview of me is that there is something seriously off about me and that I’ve totally lost my way.

But that’s fine. I don’t need those elitist, judgy people around me. All they do is bring me down. I can do just fine on my own, even if it means living on the streets and having to panhandle in the park in order to survive. Everyone else can go fuck themselves.


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday prompt, where the first line is, “I am the monster of every story.” Also for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (boisterous), Your Daily Word Prompt (egregious), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (overview), The Daily Spur (lost), Ragtag Daily Prompt (off), and MMA Storytime (panhandle).

First Line Friday/Weekend Writing Prompt

The café began to feel like her only real home. On the outside, she was a loner, but at the café, she became part of a small group of bloggers who took advantage of the free WiFi. She was no longer a lonely woman, unknown to most. She was accepted by the café bloggers and had become highly regarded by other bloggers around the globe.

(Exactly 65 words)


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday prompt, where the line is “The cafe began to feel like her only real home.”

Also for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “unknown” in exactly 65 words.